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  • News: DOS Notice on Registration for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

    Federal Register, Volume 80 Issue 197 (Tuesday, October 13, 2015)
    [Federal Register Volume 80, Number 197 (Tuesday, October 13, 2015)]
    [Notices]
    [Pages 61552-61561]
    From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
    [FR Doc No: 2015-25964]
    
    
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    DEPARTMENT OF STATE
    
    [Public Notice: 9314]
    
    
    Bureau of Consular Affairs; Registration for the Diversity 
    Immigrant (DV-2017) Visa Program
    
    AGENCY: Department of State.
    
    ACTION: Notice.
    
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    SUMMARY: This public notice provides information on how to apply for 
    the DV-2017 Program and is issued pursuant to 22 CFR 42.33(b)(3), 
    implementing sections 201(a)(3), 201(e), 203(c), and 204(a)(1)(I) of 
    the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, (8 U.S.C. 1151, 1153, 
    and 1154(a)(1)(I)).
    
    Program Overview
    
        The Congressionally-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is 
    administered annually by the Department of State. Section 203(c) of the 
    Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of 
    immigrants known as ``diversity immigrants'' from countries with 
    historically low rates of immigration to the United States. For Fiscal 
    Year 2017, 50,000 Diversity Visas (DVs) will be available. There is no 
    cost to register for the DV program.
        Applicants who are selected in the program (``selectees'') must 
    meet simple, but strict, eligibility requirements in order to qualify 
    for a Diversity Visa. Selectees are chosen through a randomized 
    computer drawing. Diversity Visas are distributed among six geographic 
    regions and no single country may receive more than seven percent of 
    the available DVs in any one year.
        For DV-2017, natives of the following countries are not eligible to 
    apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated 
    to the United States in the previous five years:
        Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, 
    Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, 
    Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United 
    Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and 
    Vietnam.
        Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.
        Changes in eligibility this year: None.
    
    Eligibility
    
        Requirement #1: Individuals born in countries whose natives qualify 
    may be eligible to enter.
        If you were not born in an eligible country, there are two other 
    ways you might be able to qualify.
         Was your spouse born in a country whose natives are 
    eligible? If yes, you can claim your spouse's country of birth--
    provided that both you and your spouse are named on the selected entry, 
    are issued diversity visas, and enter the United States simultaneously.
         Were you born in a country whose natives are ineligible, 
    but in which neither of your parents was born or legally resident at 
    the time of your birth? If yes, you may claim the country of birth of 
    one of your parents if it is a country whose natives are eligible for 
    the DV-2017 program. For more details on what this means, see the 
    Frequently Asked Questions.
    
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        Requirement #2: Each DV applicant must meet the education/work 
    experience requirement of the DV program by having either:
         At least a high school education or its equivalent, 
    defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of formal 
    elementary and secondary education;
        OR
         two years of work experience within the past five years in 
    an occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience to 
    perform. The U.S. Department of Labor's O*Net Online database will be 
    used to determine qualifying work experience.
        For more information about qualifying work experience for the 
    principal DV applicant, see the Frequently Asked Questions.
        Do not submit an entry to the DV program unless you meet both of 
    these requirements.
    
    Entry Period
    
        Entries for the DV-2017 DV program must be submitted electronically 
    at www.dvlottery.state.gov between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) 
    (GMT-4), Thursday, October 1, 2015, and noon, Eastern Standard Time 
    (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Do not wait until the last 
    week of the registration period to enter, as heavy demand may result in 
    Web site delays. No late entries or paper entries will be accepted. The 
    law allows only one entry by or for each person during each 
    registration period. The Department of State uses sophisticated 
    technology to detect multiple entries. Individuals with more than one 
    entry will be disqualified.
    
    Completing Your Electronic Entry for the DV-2017 Program
    
        Submit your Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form 
    or DS-5501), online at www.dvlottery.state.gov. Incomplete entries will 
    not be accepted. There is no cost to register for the DV Program.
        You are strongly encouraged to complete the entry form yourself, 
    without a ``visa consultant,'' ``visa agent,'' or other facilitator who 
    offers to help. If someone helps you, you should be present when your 
    entry is prepared so that you can provide the correct answers to the 
    questions and retain the confirmation page and your unique confirmation 
    number. It is extremely important that you retain your confirmation 
    page and unique confirmation number. Without this information, you will 
    not be able to access the online system that will inform you of your 
    entry status. Be wary if someone offers to keep this information for 
    you. You also should retain access to the email account listed in your 
    E-DV entry. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information 
    about Diversity Visa program scams.
        After you submit a complete entry, you will see a confirmation 
    screen containing your name and a unique confirmation number. Print 
    this confirmation screen for your records. Starting May 3, 2016, you 
    will be able to check the status of your entry by returning to 
    www.dvlottery.state.gov, clicking on Entrant Status Check, and entering 
    your unique confirmation number and personal information. Entrant 
    Status Check will be the sole means of informing you of your selection 
    for DV-2017, providing instructions on how to proceed with your 
    application, and notifying you of your appointment for your immigrant 
    visa interview. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for more 
    information about the selection process.
        You must provide the following information to complete your entry:
        1. Name--last/family name, first name, middle name--exactly as on 
    your passport.
        2. Gender--male or female.
        3. Birth date--day, month, year.
        4. City where you were born.
        5. Country where you were born--Use the name of the country 
    currently used for the place where you were born.
        6. Country of eligibility for the DV program--Your country of 
    eligibility will normally be the same as your country of birth. Your 
    country of eligibility is not related to where you live. If you were 
    born in a country that is not eligible, please review the Frequently 
    Asked Questions to see if there is another way you may be eligible.
        7. Entrant photograph(s)--Recent photographs (taken within 6 
    months) of yourself, your spouse, and all your children listed on your 
    entry. See Submitting a Digital Photograph for compositional and 
    technical specifications. You do not need to include a photograph for a 
    spouse or child who is already a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent 
    Resident, but you will not be penalized if you do.
        Group photographs will not be accepted; you must submit a 
    photograph for each individual. Your entry may be disqualified or visa 
    application refused if the photographs are not recent, have been 
    manipulated in any way, or do not meet the specifications explained 
    below. See Submitting a Digital Photograph for more information.
    
        8. Mailing Address--In Care of
    Address Line 1
    Address Line 2
    City/Town
    District/Country/Province/State
    Postal Code/Zip Code
    Country
    
        9. Country where you live today.
        10. Phone number (optional).
        11. Email address--An email address to which you have direct 
    access. If your entry is selected and you respond to the notification 
    of your selection through the Entrant Status Check, you will receive 
    follow-up email communication from the Department of State notifying 
    you that details of your immigrant visa interview are available on 
    Entrant Status Check. The Department of State will never send you an 
    email telling you that you have been selected for the DV program. See 
    the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the selection 
    process.
        12. Highest level of education you have achieved, as of today: (1) 
    Primary school only, (2) Some high school, no diploma, (3) High school 
    diploma, (4) Vocational school, (5) Some university courses, (6) 
    University degree, (7) Some graduate-level courses, (8) Master's 
    degree, (9) Some doctoral-level courses, and (10) Doctorate. See the 
    Frequently Asked Questions for more information about educational 
    requirements.
        13. Current marital status--Unmarried, married and my spouse is NOT 
    a U.S. citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), married and my 
    spouse IS a U.S. citizen or U.S. LPR, divorced, widowed, or legally 
    separated. Enter the name, date of birth, gender, city/town of birth, 
    country of birth of your spouse, and a photograph of your spouse 
    meeting the same technical specifications as your photo.
        Failure to list your eligible spouse will result in your 
    disqualification as the Diversity Visa principal applicant and refusal 
    of all visa applications in your case at the time of the visa 
    interview. You must list your spouse even if you plan to be divorced 
    before you apply for a visa. A spouse who is already a U.S. citizen or 
    LPR will not require or be issued a visa, though you will not be 
    penalized if you list them on your entry form. See the Frequently Asked 
    Questions for more information about family members.
        14. Number of children--List the name, date of birth, gender, city/
    town of birth, and country of birth for all living unmarried children 
    under 21 years of age, regardless of whether or not they are living 
    with you or intend to accompany or follow to join you, should you 
    immigrate to the United States. Submit individual photographs of each 
    of your children using the same technical specifications as your own 
    photograph.
    
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        Be sure to include:
         All living natural children;
         all living children legally adopted by you; and,
         all living step-children who are unmarried and under the 
    age of 21 on the date of your electronic entry, even if you are no 
    longer legally married to the child's parent, and even if the child 
    does not currently reside with you and/or will not immigrate with you.
        Married children and children over the age of 21 are not eligible 
    for the DV. However, the Child Status Protection Act protects children 
    from ``aging out'' in certain circumstances. If your DV entry is made 
    before your unmarried child turns 21, and the child turns 21 before 
    visa issuance, he/she may be treated as though he/she were under 21 for 
    visa-processing purposes.
        A child who is already a U.S. citizen or LPR is not eligible for a 
    Diversity Visa, and you will not be penalized for either including or 
    omitting such family members from your entry.
        Failure to list all children who are eligible will result in 
    disqualification of the principal applicant and refusal of all visa 
    applications in the case at the time of the visa interview. See the 
    Frequently Asked Questions for more information about family members.
        See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about 
    completing your Electronic Entry for the DV-2017 Program.
    
    Selection of Applicants
    
        Based on the allocation of available visas in each region and 
    country, individuals will be randomly selected by computer from among 
    qualified entries. All DV-2017 entrants will be required to go to the 
    Entrant Status Check using the unique confirmation number saved from 
    their DV-2017 online entry registration to find out whether their entry 
    has been selected in the DV program. Entrant Status Check will be 
    available on the E-DV Web site at www.dvlottery.state.gov starting May 
    3, 2016, through at least September 30, 2017.
        If your entry is selected, you will be directed to a confirmation 
    page that will provide further instructions, including information 
    about fees connected with immigrating to the United States. Entrant 
    Status Check will be the ONLY means by which selectees are notified of 
    their selection for DV-2017. The Department of State will not mail 
    notification letters or notify selectees by email. U.S. embassies and 
    consulates will not provide a list of selectees. Individuals who have 
    not been selected also ONLY will be notified through Entrant Status 
    Check. You are strongly encouraged to access Entrant Status Check 
    yourself and not to rely on someone else to check and inform you.
        If you are selected, in order to receive a Diversity Visa to 
    immigrate to the United States, you still must meet all eligibility 
    requirements under U.S. law. These requirements may significantly 
    increase the level of scrutiny required and time necessary for 
    processing for visa applications of natives of some countries listed in 
    this notice including, but not limited to, countries identified as 
    state sponsors of terrorism.
        All processing of entries and issuance of DVs to selectees meeting 
    eligibility requirements and their eligible family members must be 
    completed by midnight on September 30, 2017. Under no circumstances can 
    DVs be issued or adjustments approved after this date, nor can family 
    members obtain DVs to follow-to-join the principal applicant in the 
    United States after this date. See the Frequently Asked Questions for 
    more information about the selection process.
    
    Submitting a Digital Photograph (Image)
    
        You can take a new digital photograph or scan a recent photographic 
    print with a digital scanner, as long as it meets the compositional and 
    technical specifications listed below. Test your photos through the 
    photo validation link on the E-DV Web site, which provides additional 
    technical advice on photo composition and examples of acceptable and 
    unacceptable photos.
        Photographs must be in 24-bit color depth. If you are using a 
    scanner, the settings must be for True Color or 24-bit color mode. See 
    the additional scanning requirements below.
    
    Compositional Specifications
    
         Head Position: The subject must directly face the camera. 
    The subject's head should not be tilted up, down, or to the side. The 
    head height or facial region size (measured from the top of the head, 
    including the hair, to the bottom of the chin) must be between 50 
    percent and 69 percent of the image's total height. The eye height 
    (measured from the bottom of the image to the level of the eyes) should 
    be between 56 percent and 69 percent of the image's height.
         Light-colored Background: The subject should be in front 
    of a neutral, light-colored background.
         Focus: The photograph must be in focus.
         No Decorative Items: The subject must not wear sunglasses 
    or other items that detract from the face.
         No Head Coverings or Hats: Head coverings or hats worn for 
    religious reasons are acceptable, but the head covering may not obscure 
    any portion of the face. Tribal or other headgear not religious in 
    nature may not be worn. Photographs of military, airline, or other 
    personnel wearing hats will not be accepted.
    
    Technical Specifications
    
     Taking a New Digital Image. If you take a new digital image, 
    it must meet the following specifications:
    
         Image File Format: The image must be in the Joint 
    Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) format.
         Image File Size: The maximum image file size is 240 
    kilobytes (240KB).
         Image Resolution and Dimensions: Minimum acceptable 
    dimensions are 600 pixels (width) x 600 pixels (height) up to 1200 
    pixels x 1200 pixels. Image pixel dimensions must be in a square aspect 
    ratio (meaning the height must be equal to the width).
         Image Color Depth: Image must be in color (24 bits per 
    pixel). 24-bit black and white or 8-bit images will not be accepted.
     Scanning a Submitted Photograph. Before you scan a 
    photographic print, make sure it meets the color and compositional 
    specifications listed above. Scan the print using the following scanner 
    specifications:
         Scanner Resolution: Scanned at a resolution of at least 
    300 dots per inch (dpi).
         Image File Format: The image must be in the Joint 
    Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) format.
         Image File Size: The maximum image file size is 240 
    kilobytes (240 KB).
         Image Color Depth: 24-bit color. Black and white, 
    monochrome, or grayscale images will not be accepted.
    
    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
    
    Eligibility
    
    1. What do the terms ``native'' and ``chargeability'' mean?
        ``Native'' ordinarily means someone born in a particular country, 
    regardless of the individual's current country of residence or 
    nationality. ``Native'' also can mean someone who is entitled to be 
    ``charged'' to a country other than the one in which he/she was born 
    under the provisions of Section 202(b) of the Immigration and 
    Nationality Act.
        Because a numerical limitation is placed on immigrants entering 
    from a country or geographic region, each
    
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    individual is ``charged'' to a country. Your ``chargeability'' refers 
    to the country whose limitation you count towards. Your country of 
    eligibility normally will be the same as your country of birth. 
    However, you may choose your country of eligibility as the country of 
    birth of your spouse, or the country of birth of either of your parents 
    if you were born in a country in which neither parent was born and in 
    which the parents were not resident at the time of your birth. These 
    are the only three ways to select your country of chargeability.
        Listing an incorrect country of eligibility or chargeability (i.e., 
    one to which you cannot establish a valid claim) may disqualify your 
    entry.
    2. Can I still apply if I was not born in a qualifying country?
        There are two circumstances in which you still might be eligible to 
    apply. First, if your derivative spouse was born in an eligible 
    country, you may claim chargeability to that country. As your 
    eligibility is based on your spouse, you only will be issued a DV-1 
    immigrant visa if your spouse also is eligible for and issued a DV-2 
    visa. Both of you must enter the United States together using your DVs. 
    Similarly, your minor dependent child can be ``charged'' to a parent's 
    country of birth.
        Second, you can be ``charged'' to the country of birth of either of 
    your parents as long as neither of your parents was born in or a 
    resident in your country of birth at the time of your birth. People are 
    not generally considered residents in a country in which they were not 
    born or legally naturalized, if they were only visiting, studying in 
    the country temporarily, or stationed temporarily for business or 
    professional reasons on behalf of a company or government of a 
    different country other than the one in which you were born.
        If you claim alternate chargeability through either of the above, 
    you must provide an explanation on the E-DV Entry Form, in question #6.
        Listing an incorrect country of eligibility or chargeability (i.e., 
    one to which you cannot establish a valid claim) may disqualify your 
    entry.
    3. Why do natives of certain countries not qualify for the DV program?
        DVs are intended to provide an immigration opportunity for persons 
    who are not from ``high admission'' countries. The law defines ``high 
    admission countries'' as those from which a total of 50,000 persons in 
    the Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based visa categories immigrated to 
    the United States during the previous five years. Each year, U.S. 
    Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) tallies the family and 
    employment immigrant admission and adjustment of status figures for the 
    previous five years to identify the countries that are considered 
    ``high admission'' and whose natives will therefore be ineligible for 
    the annual Diversity Visa program. Since this calculation is made 
    annually, the list of countries whose natives are eligible or not 
    eligible may change from one year to the next.
    4. How many DV-2017 visas will go to natives of each region and 
    eligible country?
        United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) 
    determines the regional DV limits for each year according to a formula 
    specified in Section 203(c) of the INA. The number of visas that 
    eventually will be issued to natives of each country will depend on the 
    regional limits established, how many entrants come from each country, 
    and how many of the selected entrants are found eligible for the visa. 
    No more than seven percent of the total visas available can go to 
    natives of any one country.
    5. What are the requirements for education or work experience?
        U.S. immigration law and regulations require that every DV entrant 
    must have at least a high school education or its equivalent or have 
    two years of work experience within the past five years in an 
    occupation requiring at least two years of training or experience. A 
    ``high school education or equivalent'' is defined as successful 
    completion of a 12-year course of elementary and secondary education in 
    the United States OR the successful completion in another country of a 
    formal course of elementary and secondary education comparable to a 
    high school education in the United States. Only formal courses of 
    study meet this requirement; correspondence programs or equivalency 
    certificates (such as the General Equivalency Diploma G.E.D.) are not 
    acceptable. Documentary proof of education or work experience must be 
    presented to the consular officer at the time of the visa interview.
        If you do not meet the requirements for education or work 
    experience, your entry will be disqualified at the time of your visa 
    interview, and no visas will be issued to you or any of your family 
    members.
    6. What occupations qualify for the DV program?
        The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) O*Net OnLine database will be 
    used to determine qualifying work experience. The O*Net Online database 
    groups job experience into five ``job zones.'' While many occupations 
    are listed on the DOL Web site, not all occupations qualify for the DV 
    program. To qualify for a DV on the basis of your work experience, you 
    must have, within the past five years, two years of experience in an 
    occupation that is classified in a Specific Vocational Preparation 
    (SVP) range of 7.0 or higher.
        If you do not meet the requirements for education or work 
    experience, your entry will be disqualified at the time of your visa 
    interview, and no visas will be issued to you or any of your family 
    members.
    7. How can I find the qualifying DV occupations in the Department of 
    Labor's O*Net OnLine database?
        When you are in O*Net OnLine, follow these steps to determine if 
    your occupation qualifies:
        1. Under ``Find Occupations'' select ``Job Family'' from the pull 
    down;
        2. Browse by ``Job Family'', make your selection, and click ``GO'';
        3. Click on the link for your specific occupation.
        4. Select the tab ``Job Zone'' to find the designated Job Zone 
    number and Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) rating range.
        As an example, select Aerospace Engineers. At the bottom of the 
    Summary Report for Aerospace Engineers, under the Job Zone section, you 
    will find the designated Job Zone 4, SVP Range, 7.0 to <8.0. Using this 
    example, Aerospace Engineering is a qualifying occupation.
        For additional information, see the Diversity Visa--List of 
    Occupations Web page (http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/immigrate/diversity-visa/if-you-are-selected/confirm-your-qualifications.html).
    8. Is there a minimum age to apply for the DV program?
        There is no minimum age to apply, but the requirement of a high 
    school education or work experience for each principal applicant at the 
    time of application will effectively disqualify most persons who are 
    under age 18.
    
    Completing Your Electronic Entry for the DV Program
    
    9. When can I submit my entry?
        The DV-2017 entry period will run from 12:00 p.m. (noon), Eastern 
    Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Thursday, October 1, 2015, until 12:00 
    p.m. (noon), Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Tuesday, November 3, 
    2015. Each year,
    
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    millions of people submit entries. Holding the entry period on these 
    dates ensures that selectees are notified in a timely manner and gives 
    both the visa applicants and our embassies and consulates time to 
    prepare and complete cases for visa issuance.
        You are strongly encouraged to enter early during the registration 
    period. Excessive demand at the end of the registration period may slow 
    the system down. No entries will be accepted after noon EST Tuesday, 
    November 3, 2015.
    10. I am in the United States. Can I enter the DV program?
        Yes, an entrant may be in the United States or in another country, 
    and the entry may be submitted from anywhere.
    11. Can I only enter once during the registration period?
        Yes, the law allows only one entry by or for each person during 
    each registration period. The Department of State uses sophisticated 
    technology to detect multiple entries. Individuals with more than one 
    entry will be disqualified.
    12. May my spouse and I each submit a separate entry?
        Yes, spouses may each submit one entry if each meets the 
    eligibility requirements. If either spouse is selected, the other is 
    entitled to apply as a derivative dependent.
    13. What family members must I include in my DV entry?
        Spouse: You must list your spouse regardless unless your spouse is 
    already a U.S. citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident. A spouse who 
    is already a U.S. citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident will not 
    require or be issued a DV, though you will not be penalized if you list 
    him/her on your entry form. You must list your spouse even if you 
    currently are separated from him/her, unless you are legally separated 
    (i.e., there is a written agreement recognized by a court or a court 
    order). If you are legally separated, you do not have to list your 
    spouse, though you will not be penalized if you do so. If you are 
    divorced or your spouse is deceased, you do not have to list your 
    former spouse.
        Children: You must list ALL your living children who are unmarried 
    and under 21 years of age at the time of your initial DV entry, whether 
    they are your natural children, your stepchildren (even if you are now 
    divorced from that child's parent), your spouse's children, or children 
    you have formally adopted in accordance with the laws of your country. 
    List all children under 21 years of age at the time of your electronic 
    entry, even if they no longer reside with you or you do not intend for 
    them to immigrate under the DV program. You are not required to list 
    children who are already U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents, 
    though you will not be penalized if you do include them.
        Parents and siblings of the entrant are ineligible to receive DV 
    visas as dependents, and should not be included in your entry.
        If you list family members on your entry, they are not required to 
    apply for a visa or to immigrate or travel with you. However, if you 
    fail to include an eligible dependent on your original entry and later 
    list them on your visa application forms, your case will be 
    disqualified at the time of your visa interview and no visas will be 
    issued to you or any of your family members. This only applies to those 
    who were family members at the time the original application was 
    submitted, not those acquired at a later date. Your spouse, if eligible 
    to enter, may still submit a separate entry even though he or she is 
    listed on your entry, as long as both entries include details about all 
    dependents in your family (see FAQ #12 above).
    14. Must I submit my own entry, or can someone else do it for me?
        You are encouraged to prepare and submit your own entry, but you 
    may have someone submit the entry for you. Regardless of whether you 
    submit your own entry, or an attorney, friend, relative, or someone 
    else submits it on your behalf, only one entry may be submitted in your 
    name. You, as the entrant, are responsible for ensuring that 
    information in the entry is correct and complete; entries that are not 
    correct or complete may be disqualified. Entrants should keep their own 
    confirmation number so that they are able to independently check the 
    status of their entry using Entrant Status Check at 
    www.dvlottery.state.gov. Entrants should retain access to the email 
    account used in the E-DV submission.
    15. I'm already registered for an immigrant visa in another category. 
    Can I still apply for the DV program?
        Yes.
    16. When will E-DV be available online?
        You can enter online during the registration period beginning at 
    12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4) on Thursday, 
    October 1, 2015, and ending at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Standard Time 
    (EST) (GMT-5) on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.
    17. Can I download and save the E-DV entry form into a word processing 
    program and finish it later?
        No, you will not be able to save the form into another program for 
    completion and submission later. The E-DV Entry Form is a web-form 
    only. You must fill in the information and submit it while online.
    18. Can I save the form online and finish it later?
        No. The E-DV Entry Form is designed to be completed and submitted 
    at one time. You will have 60 minutes starting from when you download 
    the form to complete and submit your entry through the E-DV Web site. 
    If you exceed the sixty minute limit and have not electronically 
    submitted your complete entry, any information already entered is 
    discarded. The system deletes any partial entries so that they are not 
    accidentally identified as duplicates of a later, complete entry. Read 
    the DV instructions completely before you start to complete the form 
    online, so that you know exactly what information you will need.
    19. I don't have a scanner. Can I send photographs to someone in the 
    United States to scan them, save them, and mail them back to me so I 
    can use them in my entry?
        Yes, as long as the photograph meets the requirements in the 
    instructions and is electronically submitted with, and at the same time 
    as, the E-DV online entry. You must already have the scanned photograph 
    file when you submit the entry online; it cannot be submitted 
    separately from the online application. The entire entry (photograph 
    and application together) can be submitted electronically from the 
    United States or from overseas.
    20. According to the procedures, the system will reject my E-DV entry 
    form if my photos don't meet the specifications. Can I resubmit my 
    entry?
        Yes. If your photo(s) did not meet the specifications, your entry 
    will not be accepted by the E-DV Web site, so you will not receive a 
    confirmation notice. However, given the unpredictable nature of the 
    Internet, you may not receive the rejection notice immediately. If you 
    can correct the photo(s) and re-send the Form Part One or Two within 60 
    minutes, you may be able to successfully submit the entry. Otherwise, 
    you will have to restart the entire entry process. You can try to 
    submit an application as many times as is necessary until a complete 
    application is received and the confirmation notice sent. Once you have
    
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    received a confirmation notice, your entry is complete and you should 
    NOT submit any additional entries.
    21. How soon after I submit my entry will I receive the electronic 
    confirmation notice?
        You should receive the confirmation notice immediately, including a 
    confirmation number that you must record and keep. However, the 
    unpredictable nature of the Internet can result in delays. You can hit 
    the ``Submit'' button as many times as is necessary until a complete 
    application is received and the confirmation notice sent. However, once 
    you receive a confirmation notice, do not resubmit your information.
    
    Selection
    
    22. How do I know if I am selected?
        You must use your confirmation number to access the Entrant Status 
    Check available on the E-DV Web site at www.dvlottery.state.gov 
    starting May 3, 2016, through at least September 30, 2017. Entrant 
    Status Check is the sole means by which you will be notified if you are 
    selected, provided further instructions on your visa application, and 
    notified of your immigrant visa interview appointment date and time. 
    The only authorized Department of State Web site for official online 
    entry in the Diversity Visa Program and Entrant Status Check is 
    www.dvlottery.state.gov.
        The Department of State will NOT contact you to tell you that you 
    have been selected (see FAQ #23).
    23. How will I know if I am not selected? Will I be notified?
        You may check the status of your DV-2017 entry through the Entrant 
    Status Check on the E-DV Web site at www.dvlottery.state.gov starting 
    May 3, 2016, until at least September 30, 2017. Keep your confirmation 
    number until at least September 30, 2017. (Status information for the 
    previous year's DV program, DV-2016, is available online from May 5, 
    2015, through September 30, 2016.) If your entry is not selected, you 
    will not receive any additional instructions.
    24. What if I lose my confirmation number?
        You must have your confirmation number to access Entrant Status 
    Check. A tool is now available in Entrant Status Check on the E-DV Web 
    site that will allow you to retrieve your confirmation number via the 
    email address you registered with by entering certain personal 
    information to confirm your identity.
        U.S. embassies and consulates and the Kentucky Consular Center are 
    unable to check your selection status for you or provide your 
    confirmation number to you directly (other than through the ESC 
    retrieval tool). The Department of State is NOT able to provide a list 
    of those selected to continue the visa process.
    25. Will I receive information from the Department of State by email or 
    by postal mail?
        The Department of State will not send you a notification letter. 
    The U.S. government has never sent emails to notify individuals that 
    they have been selected, and there are no plans to use email for this 
    purpose for the DV-2017 program. If you are a selectee, you will only 
    receive email communications regarding your visa appointment after you 
    have responded to the notification instructions on Entrant Status 
    Check. These emails will not contain information on the actual 
    appointment date and time; they will simply tell you that appointment 
    details are available and you must then access Entrant Status Check for 
    details.
        Only internet sites that end with the ``.gov'' domain suffix are 
    official U.S. government Web sites. Many other Web sites (e.g., with 
    the suffixes ``.com,'' ``.org,'' or ``.net'') provide immigration and 
    visa-related information and services. The Department of State does not 
    endorse, recommend, or sponsor any information or material on these 
    other Web sites.
        You may receive emails from Web sites trying to trick you into 
    sending money or providing your personal information. You may be asked 
    to pay for forms and information about immigration procedures, all of 
    which are available free on the Department of State Web site or through 
    U.S. embassy or consulate Web sites. Additionally, organizations or Web 
    sites may try to steal your money by charging fees for DV-related 
    services. If you send money to one of these scams, you will likely 
    never see it again. Also, do not send personal information to these Web 
    sites, as it may be used for identity fraud/theft.
    26. How many individuals will be selected for DV-2017?
        For DV-2017, 50,000 Diversity Visa are available. Because it is 
    likely that some of the first 50,000 persons who are selected will not 
    qualify for visas or pursue their cases to visa issuance, more than 
    50,000 entries will be selected to ensure that all of the available DV 
    visas are issued. However, this also means that there will not be a 
    sufficient number of visas for all those who are initially selected.
        You can check the E-DV Web site's Entrant Status Check to see if 
    you have been selected for further processing and your place on the 
    list. Interviews for the DV-2017 program will begin in October 2016 for 
    selectees who have submitted all pre-interview paperwork and other 
    information as requested in the notification instructions. Selectees 
    who provide all required information will be informed of their visa 
    interview appointment through the E-DV Web site's Entrant Status Check 
    four to six weeks before the scheduled interviews with U.S. consular 
    officers overseas.
        Each month, visas will be issued to those applicants who are ready 
    for issuance during that month, as long as visas are available. Once 
    all of the 50,000 DV visas have been issued, the program will end. Visa 
    numbers could be finished before September 2017. Selected applicants 
    who wish to receive visas must be prepared to act promptly on their 
    cases. Being randomly chosen as a selectee does not guarantee that you 
    will receive a visa. Selection merely means that you are eligible to 
    apply for a Diversity Visa, and if your rank number becomes eligible 
    for final processing, potentially to be issued a Diversity Visa. Only 
    50,000 visas will be issued to such applicants.
    27. How will successful entrants be selected?
        Official notifications of selection will be made through Entrant 
    Status Check, available May 3, 2016, through at least September 30, 
    2017, on the E-DV Web site www.dvlottery.state.gov. The Department of 
    State does not send selectee notifications or letters by regular postal 
    mail or by email. Any email notification or mailed letter stating that 
    you have been selected to receive a DV does not come from the 
    Department of State and is not legitimate. Any email communication you 
    receive from the Department of State will direct you to review Entrant 
    Status Check for new information about your application. The Department 
    of State will never ask you to send money by mail or by services such 
    as Western Union.
        All entries received from each region are individually numbered, 
    and at the end of the entry period, a computer will randomly select 
    entries from among all the entries received for each geographic region. 
    Within each region, the first entry randomly selected will be the first 
    case registered; the second entry selected will be the second case 
    registered, etc. All entries received within each region during the 
    entry
    
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    period will have an equal chance of being selected. When an entry has 
    been selected, the entrant will be notified of his/her selection 
    through the Entrant Status Check available starting May 3, 2016, on the 
    E-DV Web site www.dvlottery.state.gov. If you are selected and you 
    respond to the instructions provided online via Entrant Status Check, 
    the Department of State's Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) will process 
    the case until those selected are instructed to appear for visa 
    interviews at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate or until those in the United 
    States who are applying to adjust status apply at a domestic USCIS 
    office.
    28. I am already in the United States. If selected, may I adjust my 
    status with USCIS?
        Yes, provided you are otherwise eligible to adjust status under the 
    terms of Section 245 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, you may 
    apply to USCIS for adjustment of status to permanent resident. You must 
    ensure that USCIS can complete action on your case, including 
    processing of any overseas applications for a spouse or for children 
    under 21 years of age, before September 30, 2017, since on that date 
    your eligibility for the DV-2017 program expires. No visa numbers or 
    adjustments of status for the DV-2017 program will be approved after 
    midnight EDT on September 30, 2017, under any circumstances.
    29. If I am selected, for how long am I entitled to apply for a 
    Diversity Visa?
        If you are selected in the DV-2017 program, you are entitled to 
    apply for visa issuance only during U.S. government Fiscal Year 2017, 
    which spans from October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2017. Selectees 
    are encouraged to apply for visas as early as possible, once their 
    program rank numbers become eligible for further processing.
        Without exception, all selected and eligible applicants must obtain 
    their visa or adjust status by the end of the fiscal year. There is no 
    carry-over of DV benefits into the next year for persons who are 
    selected but who do not obtain visas by September 30, 2017 (the end of 
    the fiscal year). Also, spouses and children who derive status from a 
    DV-2017 registration can only obtain visas in the DV category between 
    October 1, 2016, and September 30, 2017. Individuals who apply overseas 
    will receive an appointment notification from the Department of State 
    through Entrant Status Check on the E-DV Web site four to six weeks 
    before the scheduled appointment.
    30. If a DV selectee dies, what happens to the case?
        If a DV selectee dies at any point before he or she has traveled to 
    the United States, the DV case is automatically closed. Any derivative 
    spouse and/or children of the deceased selectee will no longer be 
    entitled to a DV visa. Any visas that were issued to them will be 
    revoked.
    
    Fees
    
    31. How much does it cost to enter the Diversity Visa program?
        There is no fee charged to submit an electronic entry. However, if 
    you are selected and apply for a Diversity Visa, you must pay all 
    required visa fees at the time of visa application and interview 
    directly to the consular cashier at the U.S. embassy or consulate. If 
    you are a selectee already in the United States and you apply to USCIS 
    to adjust status, you will pay all required fees directly to USCIS. If 
    you are selected, you will receive details of required DV and immigrant 
    visa application fees with the instructions provided through the E-DV 
    Web site at www.dvlottery.state.gov.
    32. How and where do I pay DV and immigrant visa fees if I am selected?
        If you are a randomly selected entrant, you will receive 
    instructions for the DV visa application process through Entrant Status 
    Check at www.dvlottery.state.gov. You will pay all DV and immigrant 
    visa fees in person only at the U.S. embassy or consulate at the time 
    of the visa application. The consular cashier will immediately give you 
    a U.S. government receipt for payment. Do not send money for DV fees to 
    anyone through the mail, Western Union, or any other delivery service 
    if you are applying for an immigrant visa at a U.S. embassy or 
    consulate.
        If you are selected and you are already present in the United 
    States and plan to file for adjustment of status with USCIS, the 
    instructions page accessible through Entrant Status Check at 
    www.dvlottery.state.gov contains separate instructions on how to mail 
    DV fees to a U.S. bank.
    33. If I apply for a DV, but don't qualify to receive one, can I get a 
    refund of the visa fees I paid?
        No. Visa fees cannot be refunded. You must meet all qualifications 
    for the visa as detailed in these instructions. If a consular officer 
    determines you do not meet requirements for the visa, or you are 
    otherwise ineligible for the DV under U.S. law, the officer cannot 
    issue a visa and you will forfeit all fees paid.
    
    Ineligibilities
    
    34. As a DV applicant, can I receive a waiver of any grounds of visa 
    ineligibility? Does my waiver application receive any special 
    processing?
        DV applicants are subject to all grounds of ineligibility for 
    immigrant visas specified in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). 
    There are no special provisions for the waiver of any ground of visa 
    ineligibility aside from those ordinarily provided in the Immigration 
    and Nationality Act (INA), nor is there special processing for waiver 
    requests. Some general waiver provisions for people with close 
    relatives who are U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Resident aliens may 
    be available to DV applicants in some cases, but the time constraints 
    in the DV program may make it difficult for applicants to benefit from 
    such provisions.
    
    DV Fraud Warning and Scams
    
    35. How can I report Internet fraud or unsolicited email?
        Please visit the www.econsumer.gov Web site, hosted by the Federal 
    Trade Commission in cooperation with consumer-protection agencies from 
    17 nations. You also may report fraud to the Federal Bureau of 
    Investigation (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center. To file a 
    complaint about unsolicited email, visit the Department of Justice 
    Contact Us page.
    
    DV Statistics
    
    36. How many visas will be issued in DV-2017?
        By law, a maximum of 55,000 visas are available each year to 
    eligible persons. However, in November 1997, the U.S. Congress passed 
    the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA), 
    which stipulates that beginning as early as DV-1999, and for as long as 
    necessary, up to 5,000 of the 55,000 annually-allocated DVs will be 
    made available for use under the NACARA program. The actual reduction 
    of the limit began with DV-2000 and will remain in effect through the 
    DV-2017 program, so 50,000 visas remain for the DV program described in 
    these instructions.
    37. If I receive a visa through the DV program, will the U.S. 
    government pay for my airfare to the United States, help me find 
    housing and employment, and/or provide healthcare or any subsidies 
    until I am fully settled?
        No. The U.S. government will not provide any of these services to 
    you if
    
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    you receive a visa through the DV program. If you are selected to apply 
    for a DV, you must demonstrate that you will not become a public charge 
    in the United States before being issued a visa. This evidence may be 
    in the form of a combination of your personal assets, an Affidavit of 
    Support (Form I-134) submitted by a relative or friend residing in the 
    United States, an offer of employment from an employer in the United 
    States, or other evidence.
    
    List of Countries/+Areas by Region Whose Natives Are Eligible for DV-
    2017
    
        The list below shows the countries whose natives are eligible for 
    DV-2017, grouped by geographic region. Dependent areas overseas are 
    included within the region of the governing country. The countries 
    whose natives are not eligible for the DV-2017 program were identified 
    by USCIS, according to the formula in Section 203(c) of the INA. The 
    countries whose natives are not eligible for the DV program (because 
    they are the principal source countries of Family-Sponsored and 
    Employment-Based immigration or ``high-admission'' countries) are noted 
    after the respective regional lists.
    
                                     Africa
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    Algeria                                  Lesotho
    Angola                                   Liberia
    Benin                                    Libya
    Botswana                                 Madagascar
    Burkina Faso                             Malawi
    Burundi                                  Mali
    Cameroon                                 Mauritania
    Cape Verde                               Mauritius
    Central African Republic                 Morocco
    Chad                                     Mozambique
    Comoros                                  Namibia
    Congo                                    Niger
    Congo, Democratic Republic of the        Rwanda
    Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)              Sao Tome and Principe
    Djibouti                                 Senegal
    Egypt *                                  Seychelles
    Equatorial Guinea                        Sierra Leone
    Eritrea                                  Somalia
    Ethiopia                                 South Africa
    Gabon                                    South Sudan
    Gambia, The                              Sudan
    Ghana                                    Swaziland
    Guinea                                   Tanzania
    Guinea-Bissau                            Togo
    Kenya                                    Tunisia
                                             Uganda
                                             Zambia
                                             Zimbabwe
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    * Persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel,
      Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel,
      Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. Persons born in the Gaza Strip are
      chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to
      Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria.
    
        In Africa, natives of Nigeria are not eligible for this year's 
    Diversity Program.
    
                                      Asia
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    Afghanistan                              Maldives
    Bahrain                                  Mongolia
    Bhutan                                   Nepal
    Brunei                                   North Korea
    Burma                                    Oman
    Cambodia                                 Qatar
    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region  Saudi Arabia
     **
    Indonesia                                Singapore
    Iran                                     Sri Lanka
    Iraq                                     Syria *
    Israel *                                 Taiwan **
    Japan                                    Thailand
    Jordan *                                 Timor-Leste
    Kuwait                                   United Arab Emirates
    Laos                                     Yemen
    Lebanon
    Malaysia
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    * Persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel,
      Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel,
      Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. Persons born in the Gaza Strip are
      chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to
      Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria.
    
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    ** Natives of the following Asia Region countries are not eligible for
      this year's Diversity Program: Bangladesh, China (mainland-born),
      India, Pakistan, South Korea, Philippines, and Vietnam. Hong Kong
      S.A.R. (Asia region), Macau S.A.R. (Europe region), and Taiwan (Asia
      region) do qualify and are listed here.
    
    
                                     Europe
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    Albania                                  Lithuania
    Andorra                                  Luxembourg
    Armenia                                  Macau Special Administrative
                                              Region **
    Austria                                  Macedonia
    Azerbaijan                               Malta
    Belarus                                  Moldova
    Belgium                                  Monaco
    Bosnia and Herzegovina                   Montenegro
    Bulgaria                                 Netherlands (including
                                              components and dependent areas
                                              overseas)
    Croatia                                  Northern Ireland **
    Cyprus                                   Norway
    Czech Republic                           Poland
    Denmark (including components and        Portugal (including components
     dependent areas overseas)                and dependent areas overseas)
    Estonia                                  Romania
    Finland                                  Russia
    France (including components and         San Marino
     dependent areas overseas)
    Georgia                                  Serbia
    Germany                                  Slovakia
    Greece                                   Slovenia
    Hungary                                  Spain
    Iceland                                  Sweden
    Ireland                                  Switzerland
    Italy                                    Tajikistan
    Kazakhstan                               Turkey
    Kosovo                                   Turkmenistan
    Kyrgyzstan                               Ukraine
    Latvia                                   Uzbekistan
    Liechtenstein                            Vatican City
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ** Natives of the following European countries are not eligible for this
      year's DV program: Great Britain (United Kingdom). Great Britain
      (United Kingdom) includes the following dependent areas: Anguilla,
      Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands,
      Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St. Helena, and Turks and Caicos
      Islands. Note that for purposes of the diversity program only,
      Northern Ireland is treated separately; Northern Ireland does qualify
      and is listed among the qualifying areas.
    
        Macau S.A.R. does qualify and is listed above.
    
                                  North America
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    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    The Bahamas
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    
        In North America, natives of Canada and Mexico are not eligible for 
    this year's Diversity Program.
    
                                     Oceania
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    Australia (including components and      Papua New Guinea
     dependent areas overseas)
    Fiji                                     Solomon Islands
    Kiribati                                 Tonga
    Marshall Islands                         Tuvalu
    Micronesia, Federated States of Nauru    Vanuatu
    New Zealand (including components and    Samoa
     dependent areas overseas)
    Palau
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                South America, Central America, and the Caribbean
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    Antigua and Barbuda                      Honduras
    Argentina                                Nicaragua
    Barbados                                 Panama
    Belize                                   Paraguay
    Bolivia                                  Saint Kitts and Nevis
    Chile                                    Saint Lucia
    Costa Rica                               Saint Vincent and the
                                              Grenadines
    Cuba                                     Suriname
    Dominica                                 Trinidad and Tobago
    
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    Grenada                                  Uruguay
    Guatemala                                Venezuela
    Guyana
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        Countries in this region whose natives are not eligible for this 
    year's diversity program: Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, 
    Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, and Peru.
    
        Dated: September 29, 2015.
    David T. Donahue
    Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, 
    Department of State.
    [FR Doc. 2015-25964 Filed 10-9-15; 8:45 am]
    BILLING CODE 4710-06-P
    
    
    
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